The Reds DFA’d Andrew Brackman this week 4


To say that this has not been a good year for the “Killer B’s” would be an understatement. Manny Banuelos has barely pitched at all this season, Dellin Betances was demoted from Triple-A to Double-A and the one who got away, Andrew Brackman, has designated for assignment by the Reds earlier this week.

Brackman left the Yankees for the Reds during this past offseason after they declined to pick up his option for this season. While with the Reds organization things didn’t get better for Brackman.

He pitched in 24 games this year, only eight as a starter, and had a terrible 6.71 ERA with bad peripherals, a 6.7 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9. Those numbers were all worse than the 6.00 ERA, 7.0 K/9 and 7.0 BB/9 that he posted last year that led to the Yankees releasing him.

I hate to say his career is over, but he’ll be 27 this offseason and is no where near ready for the major leagues with his crazy bouts of wildness. It’s likely that he can find another job or two because of his incredible size, he’s 6-foot-10, 230-pounds, but at this point he’s a sinking ship.

It’s a sad story, but a cautionary tale to not put too much stock in even the best of prospects.


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4 thoughts on “The Reds DFA’d Andrew Brackman this week

  • Gonzalo

    That's why I don't pay too much attention to those big upsides without good numbers.
    When the numbers aren't there is for a reason.

    Banuelos has the talent and has numbers too.

    • Rob Abruzzese Post author

      Ivan Nova is a great example of somebody who never had good numbers, always a good scouting report, and then turned out to be a very solid young pitcher. There is no steadfast formula for prospects otherwise there would be no failed prospects. You basically have to gather as much information as possible and use a little bit of everything.

      • Gonzalo

        That's not true, he was never a top prospect, he was even claimed in the rule v draft pick by the Padres, anyway he is just a 4th/5th starter nothing better.

        Also I didn't say " I don't pay attention at all", I just don't take it too seriously. I completely agree with you about "there is no formula and using a little bit of everything", it just bothers me when I see a guy with more than 5.00 ERA or less than .650 OPS and is ranked in the top 10 of an organization and top 100 MLB

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